Tip of the Week
It’s easy to fall into a cooking rut where you’re preparing the same few recipes every week. Break out of this cycle with a few easy tips that will have you exploring new flavors in no time:
* Sites like Allrecipes and Pinterest make it easy to search, categorize and save recipes. Building a recipe collection as you go will make it easier at the beginning of each week to decide what you want to make.
* Use recipes to build your shopping list. Make sure most of the items on your shopping list are ingredients needed for the recipes you want to make. Putting extra time into planning meals at the beginning of the week will prevent you from reaching for the routine when you get to the store.
* Put one new item in your grocery cart each week. The produce section is a great place to find seasonal fruits and vegetables that you might never have tried before.
Number to Know
91 percent: The aptly named watermelon is almost entirely made of water, about 91 percent by weight.
Daikon radish slaw
1 pound daikon radish, trimmed, peeled and grated (2 1/2 cups total)
1/4 cup low-fat sour cream
1 teaspoon sugar; more as needed
1/4 teaspoon salt; more as needed
2 tablespoons chopped chives
1. Combine grated radish, sour cream, sugar, salt and chives in a mixing bowl; mix well to incorporate and coat the vegetable.
2. Taste and adjust sugar or salt as needed. Serve immediately or within two hours.
Which of the following do botanists not consider a true berry?
Wise to the Word
Daikon: Daikon is an Asian radish with a sweet and spicy flavor. It is an essential ingredient in Asian cooking and the most popular vegetable in Japan. It is often grated and/or pickled and served as a garnish for sushi or noodle soups.
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“The Kamado Smoker and Grill Cookbook,” by Chris Grove
The ultimate in barbecuing tools, the kamado-style grill — ceramic and egg-shaped — allows you to slow roast, smoke, and grill meats to perfection. Packed with recipes, photos, and techniques unique to the kamado, this essential guide will turn grilling neophytes into masters of the backyard barbeque. Each concept features a recipe that provides a tasty opportunity for you to practice new skills and get the most out of their grills.
Food Quiz answer
E. Strawberries are classified as an “aggregate fruit,” not a true berry.
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